Wednesday, March 21, 2012

X is for X-tra-Special Celebration Cake - ABCs of Homeschooling

Sophia is almost done making all the recipes in the "Alpha-Bakery" children's cookbook as part of her home economics class. Each week, she has made a recipe from the cookbook that corresponds with a letter of the alphabet.

She's worked her way from A is for Apple Crisp during the first week to W is for Wonderful Waffles last week.  This week she made "X-tra Special" Celebration Cake for the letter X.

The recipe does not include eggs. So, for people who have an allergy to eggs, this is a great recipe. It is delcious and simple to make.

"X-tra Special" Celebration Cake


3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoon vinegar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups cold water
1 (16 ounce) tub ready-to-spread frosting (any flavor)
Pastel mint wafers, flattened gumdrops, or flattened fruit gems
Shoestring licorice


Heat oven to 350. Grease two 9 x 1 1/2" round cake pans, dust with flour or cocoa.

Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl.

Mix oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Stir oil mixture and water into flour mixture reall hard until well blended, about 1 minute. Immediately pour batter into pans, dividing evenly.

Bake until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean, about 35 minutes; let cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans; let cake cool completely.

Fill and frost cake as directed on frosting tub. Arrange wafer "balloons" on top of cake; use licorice to make balloon strings.

Note: We didn't have mint wafers, gumdrops, or licorice on hand so we just used chocolate frosting.  

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Rita said...

LOL! I wondered what you'd find for X! Looks good! :)

Dawn said...

Chocolate cake! You're killing me here. :) Not sure about the gumdrops in a cake but YUM anyways!
~Dawn @